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Doc Savage (2010 series) #12 Comic Book

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Doc Savage, Ham Brooks, Johnny Littlejohn, Long Tom Roberts, Monk Mayfair, Renny Renwick, Ronan McKenna , Two Who Are One.


The Third Day

Date of Publication
March 2011
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Ivan Brandon
Ivan Brandon
Brian Azzarello
Nic Klein
Nic Klein
Nic Klein
J. G. Jones
Cover Penciler
J. G. Jones
Cover Inker
J. G. Jones
Cover Colorist

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage lies dead on the floor of an undersea base in the mideastern Zone, the victim of a punch to the heart by his former comrade Ronan McKenna. Long Tom sinks into despair; in panic, Arina hammers on Doc’s chest and slowly leans forward to press her lips to his—and is knocked back with an electric shock. McKenna approaches the matter philosophically, "Don’t set the world up to disappoint you." Wei has a more direct response: he picks up Doc’s flashlight and switches on the concealed laser and shoots McKenna, piercing his chest just under the collarbone. Wei is overpowered by the guards as McKenna examines his neatly cauterized wound….

In the smoke-darkened Zone, Doc’s other aides come to realize that Da’ud and the other followers of the Two Who Are One are not the bad guys but merely trying to survive in this insane war-torn world….

Ronan McKenna has Doc’s corpse placed in the missile with the dummy nuke and it is launched toward the west, to provoke a hellish retaliation. As the rocket clears the blackened sky over the Zone, US Army Major Walker orders a nuke of his own fired back. McKenna’s rocket suddenly changes course, flying low over the village, then it seems to find its way—directly toward the incoming missile: Doc Savage bursts out, and leaps to catch a ride on the American missile. Unaware of this, McKenna heads to the surface to see the outcome of his plans. Long Tom tells Arina and Wei that Doc was raised by a father who prepared him for any eventuality—even implanting a pacemaker into his chest when he was a child, to restart his heart should it ever stop beating, because he was trained never to fail. McKenna looks skyward to see Doc disable the bomb in the American rocket and send it into space. And it is the last thing Ronan McKenna ever sees: Da’ud comes up behind him and runs him through with a sword. Long Tom contacts Major Walker and reminds him of his promise to pardon Doc and his aides of all their "crimes" from the Lord of Lightning affair if they undertook this mission—and he adds a bit of blackmail to the mix.

The Two Who Are One announces to the world they are disarming and will now rebuild. The newly exonerated Doc tells his men, "It’s time to get back to work."



Peter Silvestro (March 18, 2011)
Comments: There is no Avenger story in the issue. Issue includes a six-page preview of BATWOMAN #1. Major Walker is mistakenly called a Colonel at one point.

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By Peter Silvestro
The story wraps up in a halfway decent fashion, with Doc Savage averting a nuclear catastrophe, as well he should. None of the thematic elements e.g. Ronan McKenna’s warped moral sense, the morality of the war, etc. are brought up again. Doc’s aides, except for Long Tom, have nothing to do and Long Tom’s role could have been filled by any of the others. The art is still unattractive and the Man of Bronze looks like he’s made of gold on the first page. So now it’s over; in hindsight, this turned out to be a fairly good Doc Savage adventure; the major problems in the seven-issue arc were caused by the prolonged grim and confusing build-up. Had the story been condensed to five issues, streamlining our experiences in the Zone a bit more, it would likely have worked a lot better and maybe even the grim and gritty artwork would have been acceptable. A new creative team takes over in the next issue, with self-described Doc Savage fan J.G. Jones (yes, the cover artist) writing an Egyptian adventure. Let’s hope his efforts produce a Doc Savage tale that seems like an authentic one.

Score: 3 (out of 5)